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the [2008 Lexus] LS 600h L includes all the standard safety features of the LS 460L
intriguing new optional 'active' safety features
"The works" is the best phrase to describe the safety equipment on the 2008 Lexus LS 600h L. However, the LS 600h L has not yet been crash-tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Edmunds reports that the 2008 Lexus comes equipped with the usual safety equipment, including "traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags," as well as "optional rear bags.”
Autoblog enthusiastically notes that "adding to the wiz-bang technology credentials" of the 2008 Lexus LS 600h L "is the newly-developed Lexus Advanced Pre-Collision System, or APCS," in which a sophisticated system of cameras in the Lexus 2008 LS 600h L monitors both road and driver. What happens is a marvel of safety technology: "If the potential for a collision exists and the driver is not paying attention, an audible and visual alarm is activated. If no action is taken, the system will then begin to apply the vehicle's brakes. Additionally, the variable steering ratio is automatically quickened to improve the vehicle's response to evasive maneuvers."
ForbesAutos quips that this particular Lexus 2008 LS 600h L may be indicative of the inevitable autonomous automobile of "the future that will do the driving for humans who'd rather be on the phone or reading e-mails while they 'drive.'"
ConsumerGuide reports that in the 2008 Lexus hybrid, "visibility is fine all around."
No crash-test results are available, but the 2008 Lexus LS 600h L's superior safety equipment and technology bode well.